The brutal murder of Lieutenant Sheila Worthy has sent shock waves of fear throughout the U.S. base at Fort Benning, Georgia. The task of finding her killer falls to Major Kara uidry, the top lawyer in the Judge Advocate General's office. Kara must rread carefully, for suspicion of guilt has already, begun to spread-all the way to Washington's corridors of power. But the most dangerous revelation of all is yet to come. It is a secret that will rock the military establishment.. a secret Kara must protect at all costs. before a shattering courtroom disclosure blows the truth sky high
Author of previous military thrillers such as Army Blue (LJ 8/89), Truscott now offers a thriller that is difficult to put down. The protagonist is Maj. Kara Guldry, a lawyer and West Point graduate who is assigned to investigate the murder of a of Lt. Sheila Worthy. Kara soon discovers that the young woman's lover was none other than General Beckwith, the base commander. After her friend, Lannie Love, another Beckwith mistress, is stabbed in a similar manner, Kara is convinced that Beckwith is the key to the murders. The characters are well drawn and realistic, and the author's inside knowledge of army jargon and procedure gives the novel a sense of authenticity. The significant issues of army politics, prejudice against women and homosexuals in the military, and the unfairness of regulations forbidding fraternization between officers and enlisted men and women are all explored.
Nobody tells a story about the Army better than Lucian K. Truscott IV, who comes from a military family and knows how to write up a storm. His latest--after Dress Gray, available in paperback--is an incredibly timely and totally engrossing story about a promising female officer involved in an adulterous affair. Her accused murderer is defended by a marvelously complex character, Major Kate Guidry, who understands both sides of the dilemma: how a closed world like the Army needs to impose its own controls, and how the physical demands of human beings can't be forced out of shape just because they wear uniforms. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.